Well, the month of July has come and gone yet again. We did our last round of touring and visiting over the weekend: four days in a lakeside cottage on Lake Winnipesauke. Well, Kurt and his parents stayed at the cottage. Megan and I made day-trips over since neither one of us can sleep with the resident allergens. Rain was off and on, but the sun shone enough to get in at least one swim a day. Saturday’s swim was shortened, though, for Megan and I because a large fish tried to eat our feet!
On Monday I drove up through Franconia Notch to observe one day of a Poetry conference at Robert Frost’s farm. I think I was the only meat-eating person in attendance. I was certainly the only one not wearing a stitch of black. Still, it was incredible to be listening to a Norton-published poet lecturing on a peer of Elizabeth Bishop (one of my favorites)…in the barn that Robert Frost used. Kurt watched the kids for the day. I think his mom will have to be available for babysitting before I can even THINK about going for a whole week!
Tuesday, I got busy trying to fulfill all my promises to the kids. You know, those activities you are sure you’re going to do since you think you’ll have loads of time. After dropping Kurt off at Manchester Airport, I took the kids to the bookstore for comics & drawing books (for the train ride). We then saw the Pixar movie Wall-E…after getting some Ben & Jerry’s in waffle cones. I fished the neighbor’s dog’s collar out of the stream (Megan had taken him off his leash) before having dinner with our friend from the UK (another house guest of my in-laws…they should open up an inn). By 7:00 I was in my pajamas getting the kids ready for bed early so I could take migraine meds. God bless my mother-in-law for staying up with them and tucking them in!
So today we will close the penultimate leg of our vacation by shipping our New Hampshire souvenirs, taking trash to the dump, picking up the last ears of corn at the farm stand, and waiting for one last family dinner at the trestle table. Illinois, here we come…again;-)
Quotes of the Day:
Megan: (Under cross-examination surrounding the dog collar incident) I wasn’t tugging McKabe’s collar. Well, I did pull him back when cars went by.
Ian: (To the EBay agent at the pack & ship place) Sorry, I’m not bidding. I’m just browsing a bit.